By Kevin Campbell

22nd Jun, 2021 | 8:27am

La Liga expert: Leeds will find it 'difficult' to reject 'big-money' Phillips offer amid Real Madrid interest

Leeds United will find it “very difficult” to turn down a “big-money offer” for Kalvin Phillips this summer.

That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Real Madrid’s reported interest in the 25-year-old.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central (15 June), Real Madrid are monitoring the England international’s progress with a view to a move.

Phillips starred for England in the opening game of the Euros against Croatia before struggling to impose himself in the 0-0 draw with Scotland.

He has three years remaining on his contract at Elland Road.

Campbell, who delivers weekly punditry for La Liga TV, suggested Phillips would be an ideal signing for Madrid with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos aged 35 and 31 respectively.

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“Why not Real Madrid?” He asked Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Carlo Ancelotti had a good look at him last season.

“He plays the same position as Casemiro, who is probably top three in the world at that role but Real Madrid need midfielders. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are on the wrong side of 30 now. They are pushing on now and the midfield needs to be rejuvenated and re-jigged.

“I’m a big fan of his and I 100 per cent believe he could play for Madrid and join them but at the end of the day he is a Leeds boy and he is happy there.

“When the big teams put in a big money offer it can be very difficult for a club, even if it is your boyhood club, to turn it down.’

In other news, Leeds open talk to sign ‘next Van Dijk’ from Celtic.